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Opened in 1953
Closed in 1978
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
menu, 101-102, 204
picture, 100, 102
text, 47, 82, 98-103, 105, 159, 165, 169-171, 204
Nov 22, 2006
Sep 6, 2006
Aug 26, 2005
Postcard from The Luau in Beverly Hills
date unknown, from the collection of Tim Haack
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Steve Crane's original restaurant; after the success of the Luau, he eventually went on to open the popular Kon-Tiki chain of Polynesian restaurants.
Steve Crane's Luau was one of the Hollywood/Beverly Hills restaurants (along with Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic's) that established Polynesian cuisine (and more importantly — drinks) as de rigueur in the 1950s and '60s. The Luau produced some of the most beautiful and highly desired serveware objects (designed by Gabe Florian) to come out of midcentury Polynesian restaurants.
There is no connection between this historic restaurant and a new restaurant operating with the same name in Beverly Hills.